The Southern Miss baseball team must now turn its NCAA Tournament résumé over to the selection committee. 

The Golden Eagles’ run at the Conference USA Tournament title ended Saturday with their second loss in as many days to UTSA. The Roadrunners, who won Friday 7-6, beat 12th-ranked Southern Miss 11-2 on Saturday at Pete Taylor Park, pounding out 15 hits. It’s the largest margin of defeat for the Golden Eagles since March 1, 2020, when they lost by 10 runs to McNeese State. 

UTSA will face the Louisiana Tech-Old Dominion winner at 2 p.m. Sunday for the C-USA tournament championship. 

Now, the Golden Eagles (43-16) will find out if they’ve done enough to warrant a regional host bid or if they’ll be sent somewhere else to pursue the College World Series. Scott Berry’s squad entered Saturday with Hattiesburg projected to be one of the 16 host sites by multiple national media outlets. Southern Miss was considered a fringe top-8 national seed prior to Saturday’s loss. 

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